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    For a while now I have been amused, amazed and bewildered over the choice and price range of olive oil. I/we normally buy extra-virgin oil by Fillipo Berio, but recently because there was no decent alternative in our local Co-op, I bought some Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil ĎToscanoí. Canít say Iíve noticed any difference.

    But I'm intrigued by the range and variety available, so am open to advice. We have several gastronomes here, so what do you like to use, what would you recommend?

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    Ive moved to Extra Virgin Avocado Oil. good for you and tastes nice too(slightly buttery). Also has a rediculously high smoke point. Get mine usually in Aldi
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    Still use olive but not as much

    This one from Lidl is good

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Still use olive but not as much

    This one from Lidl is good

    " ..... obtained from directly olives and solely by mechanical means"?

    The first is somewhat tautological, and the second: do you mean the olives are not picked by the fair hands of 'extra virgins'?
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    That's rather aptly named for you, dahling!

    Anyway, Bazza, fancy merging this discussion with the (already existing) food thread, here: http://theartofsound.net/forum/showt...183#post900183



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    Dunno, I guess it means its mechanically pressed olives; ie, big al carson sat on them He's a big lad but a great singer.

    Tastes good enough for my tastes. may not be top of the tree olives from italy but hey ho.
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    I usually cook with pure vegetable oil, but olive and avocado are supposed to be better for you, as my current supply is on the wane I might try Olive or Avocado.
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    Default Olive oil

    Ok, first of all, it's not really healthy cooking continually with extra-virgin olive oil, as the good stuff is too rich and intense. Ordinary (non-extra virgin) olive oil, such as that from Filippo Berio, is best for 'everyday' cooking, although we tend to use rapeseed, which is healthier.

    Good quality extra-virgin olive oil comes into its own when it's used 'raw', on top of salads or in a dressing, or even simply drizzled over crusty Italian bread, with some cracked pepper and rock salt, which is the original (and genuine) Bruscetta, before it became 'trendy' and was bastardised beyond all description, with all sorts of stuff added, taking it completely away from the 'peasant dish' it was originally!

    So for good quality extra-virgin olive oil, at a reasonable price, particularly if you want to impart a 'nutty' flavour and richness to dishes, then I'd recommend Tesco's finest Sicilian:



    £6.50.

    Or if you want to push the boat out and sample (as close as possible) what extra-virgin olive oil is like, direct from a farm, and which tastes *absolutely sumptuous* on salads [in conjunction with a good quality red or white wine vinegar], then I'd recommend Alziari, which comes in cans and can be obtained from Waitrose:



    £15.50.

    You don't need to use a lot, as it's quite intense in consistency (although mellow and fruity on the palette), so that somewhat offsets the cost. However, the difference here in flavour is substantial, in comparison with 'lesser' Ex-Vg olive oils, and it's mainly because of 'cold-pressing' production process.

    Always remember though, that when using olive oil of this quality, and cooking Italian food in general, and applying the use of herbs or spices, that LESS IS MORE!

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    Default Recipes for scrumptious and reasonably healthy food

    finished reducing my chicken stock(sorry to vegies). Nothing quite like it...



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    "Justice is sinking to the bottom of the sea, And it feels like I'm living in the wasteland of the free"
    Give me absolute control
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    It is murder!
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Still use olive but not as much

    This one from Lidl is good

    I use this too, unless they have the 1 Litre bottles on offer.
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